January 9, 2020
U.S. Department of Labor Cites Mississippi Construction Contractor
For Exposing Employees into Cave-in Hazards
D’IBERVILLE, MS — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has mentioned Advanced Construction & Development LLC — established in Biloxi, Mississippi — for exposing workers to excavation hazards in a D’Iberville, Mississippi, worksite. The contractor faces $79,559 in penalties.
OSHA pioneered the review following a compliance officer detected employees installing a storm drainpipe within an excavation with no cave-in protection. OSHA cited the company for failing to utilize protective procedures, train workers to recognize and prevent excavation hazards, supply hard hats to workers working around heavy gear, eliminate water in the excavation, and scrutinize the excavation and surrounding regions.
“Employers that fail to use cave-in protection when working in trenches and excavations expose workers to serious, sometimes fatal, injuries,” stated OSHA Jackson Area Director Courtney Bohannon. “Employers are legally obligated to slope, shore or shield trench walls to prevent a collapse.”
OSHA recently upgraded the National Emphasis Program on preventing injuries related to trenching and excavation collapses. OSHA’s trenching and excavation webpage provides additional details on trenching hazards and alternatives, such as a trenching operations QuickCard plus also a “Protect Workers in Trenches” poster.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings prior to the individual Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Under that the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, companies are accountable for providing safe and healthy workplaces for their workers. OSHA’s role is to help make sure such requirements for America’s functioning women and men by establishing and implementing standards, and providing training, instruction and help. For more info, see https://www.osha.gov.
The assignment of this Department of Labor is to cultivate, encourage and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and acquaintances of those United States; enhance working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and also guarantee work-related advantages and rights.
Release Number: 19-2138-ATL (9)